What Does Chalk Mean in Sports Betting?

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Chalk in sports betting refers to the betting favorite, more often a heavy favorite.

It can linguistically take many forms:

  • “It was a chalky NFL Sunday”
  • “You only bet chalk, you coward”
  • “The chalk cleaned up in the first round of the NCAA Tournament”

Why Do We Call it Chalk?

The term chalk originates from the days when horse tracks didn’t have computerized screens or tickers. They had to write odds on chalkboards.

Bettors took favorites more often (in that era and today), so those odds got more frequent updates on the board.

Eventually, the horse’s name that kept drawing action was covered in chalk dust.

Week 7 Odds: Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Here are the live-odds (via BetMGM) for this upcoming Week 7 battle. Check out more about this matchup here.

Bears Odds +13.5
Buccaneers Odds
-13.5
Bears Moneyline +575
Buccaneers Moneyline -800
Over/Under 47

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